Summers in East Lansing for MSU students normally take on a slower and more relaxing pace of life. Gone are the various sporting events, club meetings, heavy class loads, activities, and exams. Summer break provides students with an extra bit of free time to pursue new interests and indulge in activities that are suitable for summer weather. The City of East Lansing features a large array of free community events over the course of the summer. These events act as great activities for students to unwind and take advantage of their time off.
The East Lansing Farmer’s Market gives East Lansing residents and MSU students the chance to shop for homegrown, local produce. The Farmer’s Market recently underwent a number of enhancements which includes a new performance plaza, new market identification signs, repaving of the parking lot where the market sits, accessible pathways, new landscaping and new bike parking. The market begins at 10:00am and goes until 2:00pmon Sundays at Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court (located behind the Biggby on Grand River). In addition to fresh produce available at the market there will also be live music performances taking place each Sunday at 10:00am and noon. The Farmer’s Market runs through October 26th, EBT and Double Up Food Buck benefits are available, and in August and September students with a valid student ID will receive a $2 off coupon towards their farmer’s market purchase.
The free film series presents popular family friendly movies on a big screen for a unique outdoor movie experience. Live music is also featured one hour prior to the movie time (9:30pm in July and 9:00pm in August). Gather your friends or family, bring a blanket, sleeping bag or lawn chair, and enjoy a night under the stars. In the event of rain the event will be cancelled.
The City’s Summer Concert Series takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the newly improved Ann Street Plaza. With outdoor dining at the surrounding restaurants, plenty of benches, an open area for seating, an outdoor fireplace, and a number of other amenities; the concert series is perfect for a summer evening of musical entertainment. The
concerts will be canceled in the event of rain. Bring a lawn chair and dancing shoes!
Enjoy fun-filled outdoor entertainment for the whole family! Play in the Park is an interactive four-week entertainment series where children and their families can pack a picnic and bring their lawn chairs or blankets out to enjoy free entertainment in the splendor of summer. The first performance is set to take place on July 8th with the Joel Tacey Variety Show, followed by Cirque Amongus on July 15th, Impression 5 Science Center’s Giant Trebuchet on July 22nd, and wraps up with Zumba Kids on July 29th. All of these performances take place at Valley Court Park (280 Valley Court) at 7:00pm and are cancelled in the event of rain or severe weather.
Play an instrument? Love to sing? Want experience performing? New to the community events lineup this year, Open Mic Night gives amateur musicians and professionals alike the chance to showcase their talents. A sound system will be provided for those wishing to perform and local musician Jen Sygit will host. Open Mic will include four Wednesday evenings; July 16th, July 30th, August 13th, and August 27th at Ann Street Plaza beginning at 7:00pm.